Idea of Home Analysis in Huckleberry Finn
Throughout the book Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck’s idea of home is portrayed as a place where he feels safe and where he can be himself. Huck discovers that what he really wants is somewhere to live where he will not be judged by society and can live the way he wants to live. Huck learns that the color of one’s skin does not determine their character and their value as a person and this lesson helps him from being lonely in many of his adventures in the book.
In the beginning of the book, Huck’s idea of home is somewhere that he is not alone and with people he can talk to. Huck hates being lonely and always tries to have company with him. Huck hates being alone so much that sometimes he would rather be dead than be alone as he says “I felt so lonesome I most wished I was dead”(3). Huck does not just want someone with him, he wants someone with him that he can talk to and not have to act civilized. Huck was at Miss Watson’s and he felt very lonely because he had no one to talk to. Huck is sitting by a campfire, after running away, when he begins to feel lonely. Huck feels that the only way to get over his loneliness is to go to sleep when he says “When it was dark I set by my camp fire smoking, and feeling pretty well satisfied; but by and by it got sort of lonesome, and so I went and set on the bank and listened to the current swashing along, and counted the stars and drift logs and rafts that come down, and then went to bed; there ain’t no better way to put in time when you are lonesome; you can’t stay so, you soon get over it” (39). At this point, Huck has been alone for quite a long time and is beginning to feel lonely. He tries to distract himself from the lonesome feelings by counting things that he sees, but he then realizes that the best way to pass time when you are lonely is to go to sleep. After sleeping eventually the feelings of loneliness will go away. Huck is discovering that living...
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